Articles from the April 17, 2020 edition

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Israeli researchers believe coronavirus vaccine testing could commence by June

(JNS)-Israeli researchers said they are days away from finishing production of the active component of a coronavirus vaccine that could be tested on humans starting June 1. "We are in the final stages... Full story


VITAS chaplain ensures Holocaust survivor receives overdue recognition

When VITAS® Healthcare Chaplain Nicolle Grasse met Adele Laznowski Zaveduk in early January in the home she shared with her husband, the 82-year-old woman was visibly weak from a long fight... Full story

 By Josefin Dolsten    News    April 17, 2020

From works of art to face shields

(JTA)—On a typical day, the art center at Kohelet Yeshiva High School in suburban Philadelphia is filled with students working on a range of projects—from making ceramic bowls on the pottery wheels to creating wooden sculptures. They use the 3-D... Full story


Kinneret Apartments and KCOA issue heightened COVID-19 protocols

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and impact our country and our world, Kinneret Apartments and the Kinneret Council on Aging continue to intensely focus on preventing the spread of the... Full story


Cookies for Comfort Caravan

Special thanks to Nancy Layish for starting the Cookies for Comfort Caravan for the Jewish Pavilion. Layish and others are home-baking cookies for healthcare workers who devote their lives to seniors... Full story


Jewish seniors in assisted-living are not forgotten!

Even though the volunteers can't visit with our elderly, the Jewish Pavilion made sure that seniors living in area assisted-living facilities had Passover goodies for the Passover week. Here are two... Full story

 By Yaakov Lappin    News    April 17, 2020

Israeli missile-production line starts churning out much-needed ventilators

(JNS)-In ordinary times, Israel Aerospace Industries Systems Missiles Space group churns out advanced missiles, including interceptors used by the Arrow 2 and Arrow 3 defense systems. During these... Full story

 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    April 17, 2020

Keir Starmer, who has vowed to fight anti-Semitism, replaces Jeremy Corbyn as leader of Britain's Labour Party

(JTA)—A British lawmaker who has said that he supports Zionism will replace Jeremy Corbyn as the head of Britain’s Labour Party. Keir Starmer, who managed the party’s Brexit approach under Corbyn, won 52 percent of the vote in the Labour... Full story


4.3 magnitude earthquake shakes southern Israel

(JNS)—A 4.3-magnitude earthquake hit Israel’s south on Sunday morning, according to the Geophysical Institute of Israel. According to the institute, the earthquake epicenter was around 62 miles south of Eilat in an area known as the Great Rift... Full story


Pakistan rearrests four men acquitted in Daniel Pearl murder case

(JNS)-The four men acquitted in the 2002 kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Pakistan have been rearrested and will remain in custody pending prosecutors appealing... Full story


Economic preparations for the post-coronavirus era

By Manfred Gerstenfeld (JNS)—The coronavirus pandemic has led to huge societal problems all over the world. In such an unprecedented reality, it is important for governments to start planning as soon as possible for the period immediately after the... Full story


No, your quarantine is not comparable to Anne Frank's

There are quite a few things I’ve been seeing all over my social media feeds ever since the spread of COVID-19 forced everyone to social distance. There are the jokes about no longer wearing a bra, comments about being confused over what day it is... Full story


J Street's line: Virus, shmirus; let's focus on the Palestinians

(JNS)—The whole world is changing—but not for J Street, which, virus or no virus, is still devoting itself to persuading members of U.S. Congress to embrace the Palestinian cause. Over the past several weeks, J Street was mobilizing its... Full story


Confronting the anti-Semitism of Rick Wiles

In the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, as we all pray and guard our behaviors in order to ensure the health and safety of ourselves and of our neighbors to prevent its spreading, noted anti-Semitic “Christian pastor” and... Full story


Solace in isolation

(JNS)—A frightening coincidence is upon us. As we are about to recite the plagues that preceded our ancestors’ freedom from Egyptian slavery, we endure the terrible plague that now enslaves us in anxiety and fear, tragically claiming tens of... Full story


Day 17: The whimsy of the wee hours

(JNS)—I don’t sleep much. I never have; a good five hours was all I ever needed to feel refreshed and go about my day. But in the past eight years, that’s dwindled down to about three hours a night (it did correlate with the birth of my fourth... Full story


Parent survey helps Jewish Academy improve remote learning

Jewish Academy of Orlando continues to make improvements on remote learning based on parent survey results. The school began remote learning only a day after schools across the state nation were... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    April 17, 2020

Adam Sandler pays tribute to doctors and nurses

(JTA)—Forget about “The Chanukah Song.” Actor Adam Sandler’s latest earworm is a tribute to doctors and nurses and an exhortation for people to stay home to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Sandler debuted “Quarantine Song” from his ho... Full story


Jewish NFL star Mitch Schwartz embraces his inner chef during coronavirus quarantine

(JTA)-Fresh off his Super Bowl win in February, Kansas City Chiefs lineman Mitchell Schwartz took a vacation with his wife, Brooke, to St. Lucia. Little did they know that when they returned, they... Full story


'Blazing Saddles' still stands as one of the great comedies-and the Mel Brooks film teaches lessons, too

Social distancing and staying inside is hard. Thankfully, accessing good things to watch during this time is not. This is the second installation of a weekly column on Jewish movies and TV shows that... Full story


Why would God put this virus on his children?

This is a common question. Although I don’t believe God did this. The world is a beautiful, wonderful place. Things like this have happened throughout all of mankind. You can believe that perhaps this is in God’s plan. But God gave us each other... Full story


Scene Around

A word about Passover... Our shared Jewish heritage and traditions bind our global family together, especially during difficult times. And with Passover just ended, we recognize that this year's... Full story

 By Faygie Holt    News    April 17, 2020

Impact of closures in Jewish community wreak havoc with food and finances, institutionally and individually

(JNS)-The worldwide pandemic COVID-19 is wreaking havoc in its relentless sweep across the planet, not only in terms of health needs and care, but in economic terms as well. It has quashed the... Full story


The personal impact of the corona virus

As we tread carefully through the fourth month of the corona virus pandemic, the emotional and physical devastation this plague has caused is felt acutely by so many. As our days of sheltering at home continue, it has become much more real, much mor... Full story


Online Judaism: A parents' guide on engaging Jewishly in the time of corona

(JNS)-It wasn't so long ago when life was so over-the-top busy that you longed for some quiet unstructured time with your children. The coronavirus pandemic has granted that wish. And then some. With... Full story


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